(Closed) Elliptical Machine

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yup, your body is always going to get used to whatever kind of exercise you’re doing, cardio or weight-traning.  Just remember to vary the intensity – up the incline or the resistance when you feel like it’s getting too easy.

Post # 4
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lilybay: is right, your body will generally get used to whatever you’re doing. I like to switch it up while using the elliptical, so go forwards for 5 or 10, then go backwards, up your inclines and then lower them, same with the resistance. The machines we have show which muscles you’re using most depending on the incline, so I try to make sure I do some ‘just glutes’ and some ‘all leg,’ etc etc. 

This makes me want to buy an elliptical for my house 🙂

Post # 6
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You will definitely plateau, especially on an elliptical. One thing to help is to do intervals on it, or to try different inclines each day. In college I would do the elliptical 6-7 days per week and always did 30-60 minutes—and then I stopped losing weight. Mix it up with running or swimming or workout classes. You can still come back to the elliptical a few times a week as long as you are mixing it up.

Post # 7
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If you are looking to mix it up on the elliptical I would recommend doing the “aerobic/aerobic interval” workout.  It is a preset circuit workout, typically under one of those names.  I love it because is breaks your workout up into 10-12 minute circuits of 30 second to1 minute intervals of legs only, reverse, push with arm, pull with arm, speed work, etc. 

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